How to deal with huge medical bills

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar
Wise hands

A report from the American Journal of Medicine shared some sad statistics about the state of American medical care and medical bankruptcies: A 2009 study revealed that 62.1% of U.S. bankruptcies had a medical cause that year. That figure is in stark contrast to 1981, when only 8% of bankruptcies listed medical debt as a root


How to reduce your property tax bill

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •

Start by making sure you’re taking advantage of all the property tax breaks available to you. Many jurisdictions will exclude a portion of a home’s value from property taxes if you’re a senior or a veteran, or if you’re disabled. In Florida, all homeowners are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000; those